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Horseriding and Blueberries

I take my hat off to Mum’s who work full time and keep a house in some kind of order. I’ve been working 3 or 4 days a week for a few weeks and I’m already feeling like I’m drowning. Today is my first free day in a couple of weeks. Though I must say, I am really happy that I’m able to contribute to saving money now and paying some of the bills. I might even book myself into their hairdresser now that I have some money of my own – it’s way overdue.

The girls are both loving horseriding lessons and the horse they are learning with is so gentle and calm. I’m sure their gymnastics skills have helped them with their balance and core strength on the horse. It’s great to watch them learning something new and beaming with excitement. They look forward to every Monday now. We are hoping to go and watch one of their friends compete in a Gymkhana on the weekend and there’s a local Campdraft coming up soon so we’ll check that out as well.

Tabulam hosted their first Blueberry Festival a couple of weekends back and I was the official photographer as well as helping out with the CWA jam stall for the day. It was a long day and I was exhausted by the time I got home but it was a real success. There were market stalls, information stands, SES and RFS and a jumping castle to entertain the children. While we had a bit of drizzly rain to start the day, it fined up by lunchtime and it didn’t seem to stop people visiting and walking around the stalls. The CWA sold out of all its cakes, biscuits, jams, conserves and compotes with only a few scones left by the end of the day. My blueberry monte carlos were a hit as was the blueberry and banana bread I made. I’ll have to make double the amount for next year’s festival!

The new season harvest will be soon ready for picking and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of those delicious fresh blueberries.

Lucy competed in the District Cross Country carnival last week and came third so she made it onto the next level which is Zone to be held tomorrow in a town outside of Lismore. Apparently it’s a real cross country track with a big hill. Alice unfortunately dislocated her toe two days before the District carnival so couldn’t run. She should be okay to compete in the school Athletics carnival in June though which she’s happy about.

Casino Beef Week is on this week and there are celebrations in the town all week. The girls and I are looking forward to the street festival and markets on Saturday afternoon. We’ve heard they lay sawdust down on the main street and parade cows through town. It should be a fun afternoon with lots of activities and cattle competitions. It will be yet another ‘first’ for us. There have been so many new and exciting things for us to experience here.



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